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by Thomas Maltman

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Title:Little Wolves
Authors:Thomas Maltman
Info:Soho Press (2013), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:Uncorrected Proof, crime fiction

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I liked this book for the small town Minnesota aspects. Great use of language though kind of confusing through parts of it. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Aug 10, 2014 |
Loved this book! Great characters, twisty plot, will be great for the All Iowa Reads selection for 2014. Difficult to put down. ( )
  mojomomma | Dec 11, 2013 |
Clara Warren comes to the town of Lone Mountain, MN as a pastor's wife with a secret agenda of learning more about her own past; Lone Mountain is where her mother - of whom her father would never speak except in coded myth - died, and Clara survived. While her husband gets to know his new congregation, Clara teaches English at the high school; there, she meets Seth, an outcast who is drawn to her teaching of Beowulf. But when Seth commits a terrible crime, both Clara and Seth's father Grizz feel there must be more to the story than what is apparent on the surface. Separately, they begin to uncover dark secrets about the town. The story alternates between Clara and Grizz, always in third person, and Clara's sections include some of her father's stories as well as some myths she writes down for herself.

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Few people know you so well as those who hate you. (20)

From one [box] she hefted out her Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, which she figured a suitable weapon for doing battle with ghosts trying to take up residence under the stairwell. She held the substantial bulk of the alphabet in her hands, a word for every reality. Madness was for when words failed. (28)

This is what she discovered two nights after the murder: In birth all things are kindred, the sounds we make universal to any species. We enter wailing of a lost world. (30)

Writing was her prayer. (60)

"God gave us an imagination. It may be one of the most beautiful functions of our brain. He left the space open for us to fill." (156)

The dead carve out a space inside us, taking up residence like a man stepping under a willow tree in the rain to sit beside the ghost of our former selves. In this manner each of us is haunted, and who would have it any other way? (216)

The story of what happened went on reverberating in the words and gestures of everything people in town said...all of them knowing there was no language large enough to take the awfulness away. (322)
  JennyArch | Sep 19, 2013 |
Set on the Minnesota prairie, in 1980, this novel opens with an horrendous act and a father who needs and wants answers. The tone from the beginning is ominous and the story just pulled me in and kept me there. Small town, life, farms that are failing, a preacher's wife who has ties to the place but doesn't really understand how or why she has been drawn there. A father who told his daughter stories of wolves and mythology, Beowolf, wolves, coyotes, what do they all mean and where does the evil begin and end? Sensitive characters that are attuned to their environment, a reckoning, revenge, so many parts to this novel. The setting is stark, somewhat barren, the writing crisp as the reader seeks to understand what is happening in this town. Apparently this author has a previous book that I now very much want to read. ( )
  Beamis12 | Jan 10, 2013 |
Little Wolves
by
Thomas Maltman

My " in a nutshell" summary...

A tragedy occurs in a small town and because of this lives are changed and a multitude of secrets are discovered.

My thoughts after reading this book...

This is one of those tremendous tragic novels that only truly gifted storytellers can master. It's a story of tragedy and sadness that mesmerized me as the reader. It's the kind of horror and nightmarish tragedy that can not even begin to enter our imaginations. This book is sad and graphic and filled with animals and stories. I am a person who cannot bear to see or read or hear about an animal that is cold or sad or hungry. This book had all of that but had such a tremendously powerful story that I plunged on.

This is about a father and son family unit. They do the best they can and yet the son makes a horrible choice with disastrous results. Grizz...the father...needs to know why. In this quest all of the other secrets and stories begin to unravel. Clara...the young pastor's pregnant wife... is involved in ways she can't even imagine. But she is an integral part of this unravelling. Old stories, coyotes, truths and half truths all play a role in this sometimes surreal novel.

Whew!

What I loved about this book...

I was so tortured by Seth...Grizz's tragic son. Clara's role was fascinating, too. I knew from the start that she was a key player but I wasn't sure how or why. That again is the mastery of this writer. The ending of this book is phenomenal. Oh...I loved all of the coyote stories, too.

What I did not love...

I was always afraid for the animals...the bull, the cows, the kittens, the coyotes...I wish I could tell you more about them but that would spoil the story.

Final thoughts...

I believe this novel to be one of the great ones...haunting story, flawed characters, evil...pure evil in a small town. Pretty much a must read in my book! ( )
  PattyLouise | Jan 10, 2013 |
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Their family farms devastated by a Minnesota drought in 1987, a father searches for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, while a pastor's wife returns to the town for mysterious reasons of her own.

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